Doors 8pm. Show 8.30 - 11pm
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Sage Francis is widely considered one of our generation’s greatest male lyricists. His career derives mainly from gifted wordplay which creates vivid narratives to instigate as well as inspire, but since it often derives from an accumulation of public disdain and personal turmoil, it’s more about storming the castle than about watching the throne.
Dubbed as the “forefather of indie-hop,” Francis originally earned acclaim in the early 2000’s by winning the most highly coveted titles of the emcee battle circuit. With little to no funding, Francis sustained himself by selling his innovative “Sick of” mixtapes, all made by hand on the floor of his Providence, RI apartment. The popularity of these tapes birthed Strange Famous Records (SFR); a meager, one-man operation in 1999. Despite having no official distribution, Francis’ unique brand of music spread like wildfire. He attained a massive cult-like following around the world, creating a demand for his albums and live gigs at which point the bigger labels took notice. With his first studio album, Personal Journals (2002) Francis daringly set aside the more boastful side of rap by catering to his poetic leanings and scathing socio-political commentary. In 2005 Sage Francis was the first hip-hop artist signed to Epitaph Records and soon became one of the highest selling independent artists of his genre. Sage Francis has returned to releasing music independently as he gears up to defeat the odds. Once again. “COPPER GONE”, Francis’ 6th studio album, dropped in 2014. This indie release managed to break Billboard’s Top 200 as well as iTunes top 5 for hip-hop in the US as well as in the UK. Upon the release of Copper Gone, Sage Francis has continued to tour the world while developing new projects slated for 2017.
Support comes from the homegrown rap stylings of Ophelia and 5th Element. No stranger to treading the boards, Ophelia has hustled many a great show, supporting acts such as Pete Rock, Ice Cube, De La Soul, Pharaohe Monch, and touring with Damien Dempsey.
Hailing from Dublin's Ballymun, 5th Element are rising stars on the hip-hop scene.
"5th Element show what's possible when the right guys come together to work on something they're passionate about. No airs or graces, they speak the truth about their lives and where they come from, Irish hip-hop is in good hands" - Ruairi Carroll , TV3
The show will be opened by the winner of the 2016 Lingo Poetry Slam (held on Fri 21st October).